We are zooming to the end of the school year. For my boys that means moving on from preschool, exciting and scary!
This week we worked hard to come up with a unique and special thank you gift for their teachers – made by them.
Inspired by this tutorial, join us for our experiment in kid friendly batik.
For this project we used -
*2 yards of white Kona cotton, we cut the fabric lengthwise into four scarves. Next we pulled the first few strings from all four of the cut scarf edges, washed and dried them on hot. Pulling the strings from the edges and washing leaves your edges frayed but “finished”.
*Elmer’s Washable Gel Glue (Blue or Clear)
*Cheap Acrylic Craft Paint
*Saran Wrap – for protecting our work space
*Blow Dryer – for speeding up the dry time!
*Paint Brushes and Glass Paint Jars
After our scarves were washed and dried we lay them out flat on a layer of Saran wrap and the boys decorated them with Elmer’s Gel glue —
After the fabric is sufficiently glooped with lots of glue patterns you must let the glue dry overnight. We found that the glue tended to spread a lot so if you are attempting to make images or letters make sure to make them thin and large.
Next we made our “Fabric Stain” by taking about 1 teaspoon of craft acrylic and mixed it with about 1/2 cup of water – mixing well so that no clumps of paint remained. Your stain should to so thin as to have the consistency of water. For darker colors you should use more paint but for making scarves we want to ensure our fabric didn’t get too crunchy!
Liberally paint your fabric with your “fabric stain”, allowing it to soak all the way through your fabric. Ideally paint the entire scarf with color!
We then used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
After the scarves had completely dried we soaked them in cold water for 15 minutes and scrubbed out the gel glue.
next we popped them into the line to dry.
We love how our fabric came out!
Not the best shots (in my bathroom mirror) but here are our
Kid Made Batik Scarves!